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It goes without saying that New Year’s and Champagne go together like good intentions and broken resolutions.  If you’re looking for a way to make things a little more interesting than just popping the cork on the bubbly, we suggest the following:

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The Oxonian

drinks_oxonian_sma 12BB original

3 parts Advocaat (Dutch/Belgian eggnog liqueur)
3 parts ESB ale (Extra Special/Strong Bitter)
1 part (or to taste) spiced brown sugar syrup (recipe below)

Add all ingredients to a glass of any shape or sort and stir to combine. Some may like a cube or two of ice. Grate a bit of fresh nutmeg over the top

 

For Syrup:

Dissolve 2 cups light brown or evaporated cane sugar into 1 cup water over low heat
Add 0.25 teaspoon each of ground cinnamon, ground cloves and ground ginger
Stir until combined, and allow to cool

Featured Glassware: Boston Double Old-Fashioned by Villeroy & Boch

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It was roughly around this past Halloween that we answered our nation’s call. By “our nation”, we mean PBS.org, and by “answered”, we mean responded to their email requesting an original drink for a collection of holiday recipes. Obviously, it was an honor to be among those chosen by PBS, but coming up with a new Christmas-themed concoction was a bit of a challenge. Not only did the drink need to be simultaneously new and fresh while still conjuring up Christmas traditions, it also needed an appropriate moniker — something that could rationally be applied yet esoteric enough not to have been previously taken.

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Blue Harvest

a 12BB original

4 oz Blue Moon Wheat Ale (or similar)
2 oz Sweet Vermouth
1 oz Harvest Spice Syrup

Combine all three ingredients, stir
Serve over crushed ice
Garnish with a bit of freshly grated nutmeg (optional)
Scale as required

 

For Harvest Spice Syrup:

2 cups Brown Sugar
1 cup Water
0.25 tsp Cinnamon
0.25 tsp Ground Ginger
0.25 tsp Ground Cloves

Over low heat, dissolve sugar and spices in water
Allow to cool

 

Featured Glassware:  Boston Highball by Villeroy & Boch

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We have to admit it, we’re not really Thanksgiving people. Of all the major holidays throughout the year, turkey day is low on our hit parade. The reasons are simple enough. We’ve never been able to rationalize the two days of prep to 20 minutes of dining to 4 hours of dishes ratio – unless you have a family of ten visiting and helping tend to the chores, which we don’t. On top of this, Thanksgiving comes with the promise of a guaranteed four-day weekend – not to mention the cheapest PTO expenditure to claim a whole week’s vacation – and we’re inclined to spent the time cashing in on off-season rates in pilgrim-free regions of the northern hemisphere. Read More…

Super Bowl XLVI: Le Sack

a 12 Bottle Bar original

1 12 oz Bottle Lager
1 oz Sirop de Citron
0.5 tsp Absinthe
Lemon Wedge

Add all ingredients (as cold as possible) to an iced tumbler
Stir gently to combine
Garnish with a lemon wedge

Featured Glassware:  Octavie Tumbler by Villeroy & Boch

 

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When life gives you lemons, as the old saying goes, you make lemonade.  Unless you live at Casa 12 Bottle Bar, in which case you make half a gallon of sirop de citron.  Straight off the lad’s birthday party and heading into the preparation for our man Lars’ 40th (a cocktail-centric bash, of course), we had a need for a good deal of what has become one of our favorite syrups to keep on hand – but not so great a need that we didn’t sit there, staring into the yellow abyss, wondering what else we could conjure out of that tart goodness.  Given that the Super Bowl is just around the corner – and that sirop de citron takes three days to make – we figured we’d kick off the week by taking the official beverage of hard-working, broad-shouldered football fans everywhere – beer – and French it up a bit.  Good idea, right? Read More…

Stockholm 75 from Jacob Grier

1 oz Krogstad Aquavit
0.75 oz Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
0.50 oz Simple Syrup (1:1)
0.50 tsp Brooklyn Hemispherical Sriracha Bitters
Dry Sparkling Wine

Add aquavit, juice, syrup, and bitters to a mixing glass
Shake with ice and strain into a champagne flute
Top with dry sparkling wine and garnish with a lemon twist

Featured Glassware:  Miss Desiree Flute by Villeroy & Boch

 

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This is our final Christmas drink for 2011, and before we do anything else, I want to thank everyone who was kind enough to provide a recipe for us.  Our goal this year was to step outside of the 12 Bottle Bar and see what some friends, both new and old, were drinking for the holidays.  As we’ve now been espousing our way of thinking for a little over two years now, we thought it would be fun to take a little break and to show you some exciting things – bitters, allspice dram, applejack – that are available outside of our stringent rule set but well worth your attention.  Even if you’re a 12BB die-hard, we hope that you picked up a few new ideas that you can work into your routine.  Read More…